Do you like taking your loyal Bow Wow out in the forest on sunny Sunday afternoons? Do you enjoy shooting at harmless wild Quaquacks just for fun? Well, you're made for hunting!
This is one profession that will have you working hard for your money, but the rewards are worth it in the end, you'll see. The meats you gather will be used mostly by butchers as they prepare recipes for adventurers, but they can be fed to pets. There are even some rare meats out there to be found that will sell for big money to expert butchers. And since there aren't too many hunters out there, you'll be left alone as you wander the plains of the world, waiting silently for your lucrative prey!
On the other hand, collecting resources as a hunter is not as straightforward as it is in other professions - you have to fight animals to get their meat, and as everyone knows, you could always walk out of a battle with empty hands. On top of this, hunting in itself won't gain you any profession experience. To do this, you'll have to prepare your meat in a workshop.
On the other hand, even if you don't gain any experience in your profession when you beat opponents, you'll gain plenty of general experience (XP), just as you would in ordinary combat! So the big advantage of becoming a hunter is that you can practice your profession without leaving your combat activity fall by the wayside.
The ideal second career for weary hunters is the butchery trade. Combining the two will not only cut your costs, bringing in more Kamas, but you'll also be able to feed yourself for free (replenishing your Health after your hunting expeditions).
Hunting isn't for any old green-horned wannabe amateur! You have to work hard and earn your stripes! Before going in search of wild animals, you'll have to prove to a recognized hunter that you're worthy of the task. Take a trip by Astrub Forest and visit Unterix Unter (3,-26). If you prefer, you can go and see Musa (1,18) in the Evil Forest. These two famous hunters will teach you everything they know about the profession... just try not to fail the test they set you afterwards!
If you do pass the test, you'll then have to get a weapon worthy of your bloody hands.
Despite what you might have thought, you can't go and beat the life out of an animal with any old weapon at all. There are special weapons for that kind of thing which ensure that you drop meat at least some of the time!
When you start out, only one weapon will be available to you: the Hunting Knife. You can buy it for just 1 Kama from whoever taught you the profession.
As you gain experience in your profession, you can move on to more powerful weapons. They are listed below with the corresponding level required:
- Hunting Knife (level 1)
- Hunting Axe (level 10)
- Hunting Blade (level 30)
- Hunting Bow (level 30)
- Hunting Shovel (level 30)
- Hunting Wand (level 30)
- Hunting Spear (level 50)
- Hunting Hammer (level 70)
The Tofu Wand (level 25) is the only weapon not made specifically for hunters which can be used in hunting. As with all classic combat weapons, it is your character level that counts and not the level of your profession when equipping.
That's it! You got the tools, you've got the know-how, nothing remains but to get down to business!
When you get to the Workshop, click on a workbench and select the action 'Prepare'. Then slide the ingredients into the slots available, bearing in mind the quantities you see in your recipe window. If the recipe works, the preserved meat will be sent directly to your inventory. Preserved meat is a lot better because lots of butcher's recipes require this resource.
You'll need a few resources to preserve meat, most of which can be dropped on creatures. You can also buy them in Astrub grocery store (1,-16), or from Aga Dou (1,1).
When you start practicing your profession, you'll only be able to use simple recipes, and only ones with 2 resources (i.e. 2 slots). Once you get a little experience under your belt, you can move on to more complex recipes with more ingredients and more slots. The list below tells you the different grades of recipe along with the level you require to be able to use them:
- 2 slots (level 1+)
- 3 slots (level 10+)
- 4 slots (level 20+)
- 5 slots (level 40+)
- 6 slots (level 60+)
- 7 slots (level 80+)
- 8 slots (level 100+)
Preparing meat is the only way to increase your level!
Like with the craft professions, the more complex a recipe is, the more experience you'll gain if you manage to do it. But the lower your level is, the less likely you will be to succeed in using it... bear in mind that no recipe is a guaranteed success.
As long as beasts roam the World of Twelve, hunters will never run out of resources! All the same, here is a list of locations where you'll be sure to run into a few beasts at all times.
- - The Tofus' Corner
- - The Gobballs' Corner
- - Wabbit Island
- - The Dreggon Peninsula
- - The Koalak Mountain
- - Cania Plains
- - Porcos' Territory
You'll need a workbench to prepare the meat you bring home from your hunting expeditions. You'll find them scattered all over the world, in the hunters' workshops of the World of Twelve:
- - Astrub (0,-15)
- - Amakna (1,13)
When you decide it's time to sell the meat you've gathered, whether you've prepared it or not, you can go to a hunters' Marketplace. There is one in each of the main cities in the World of Twelve:
- Astrub (0,-16)
- Bonta (-30,-50)
- Brâkmar (-27,32)